At Mountain Crossings we LOVE to support our local community and there is always something fun and interesting going on in our area! Coming up at the end of the month is a new Festival that sounds like a great time and goes far to help protect some important land and wildlife in North Georgia! The Blue Ridge Trout Festival will be held downtown in the neighboring town of Blue Ridge in April 29th and 30th!
In 2005, Fannin County was named the Trout Capital of Georgia. Many of the streams and creeks throughout the Chattahoochee National Forest provide ideal habitat for trout to breed and live. While most trout are introduced into the local streams by fish hatcheries, a healthy trout population can only be sustained by taking care of the creeks, streams and watersheds that are so pertinent to the survival of trout.
Besides the fun of it (and beers provided by Sweet Water Brewery who is one of the sponsors of the festival), we are in full support for this because, at it’s core, this festival is really all about protecting the land we love and helping our local community! Proceeds from the festival and all donations given are benefitting several local groups who in turn pour great things back into the surrounding landscape and community members. Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited, which is a local chapter of a national organization, Trout Unlimited, is dedicated to protecting and restoring crucial habitat for trout and supporting healthy creeks, streams and watersheds in our area. Project Healing Waters is aimed at helping war veterans of the Blairsville VA heal physically and emotionally through the peaceful and fun experience of fly fishing. And the Trout Adventure Trail is a self guided hiking tour of the best trout fishing spots in the Chattahoochee National Forest and follows both the AT and the BMT! Our kind of fishing trip, right there!
On the evening of Friday, April 29th at 5:30 pm, take a train ride along the scenic Toccoa River, a true trout haven. The ride will include food, beer and wine, and a trackside auction at the train depot. Tickets are $60 and raise funds for the groups mentioned above!
On Saturday, the 30th, from 9 am to 5 pm, there will be all sorts of festivities going on in the center of town including fly fishing lessons from the Atlanta Fly Fishing School, vendors of fishing gear, clothing and accessories, demos of many rods and reels, food trucks and beer and wine. The day promises to be a fun and educational one! Come check out the first annual Blue Ridge Trout Festival!